This week we have 10 new players who are available in more than 90% of Yahoo leagues and should provide great fantasy value to all owners.
Yunel Escobar (8% Owned) - Escobar appears to be an excellent option for a hard to fill MI position. With a .247 BABIP (Career .303 BABIP) in his first 50 games, Escobar's numbers appear to be regressing towards the mean. He's hit .346 with 6 R and 7 RBIs in the past week. I don't expect the RBI totals to continue, but Escobar should be a solid source of AVG and Rs for the rest of the way.
J.D. Martinez (3% Owned) - Batting cleanup for the Astros appears to suit J.D. Martienz well. He's hit .340 with 2 HRs and 9 RBIs in the past two weeks and should receive plenty of opportunity in the Houston OF. Houston's offense has been almost league average in terms of runs scored, so he should receive plenty of chances to accumulate counting stats while he's hitting cleanup.
Chris Iannetta (6% Owned) - Catcher has been extremely deep this year, but if you're looking for someone to replace Jesus Montero, Miguel Montero, or Sal Perez for the next few days, look at Chris Iannetta. Displaying an excellent 19.4% BB% so far this season, Iannetta's skill play up even more in an OBP league.
Nate Freiman (0% Owned) - An option for those of you in the deepest of leagues, Nate Freiman currently owns the left-handed side of the 1B platoon in Oakland. He won't provide the power of most 1B options, but if you need some 1B help in a deep league, he won't kill you in any category.
Eric Stults (8% Owned) - After a 12 strikeout game vs. Seattle, Stults is finally on people's radar. I've been backing this guy all season and couldn't recommend him enough. The 12 K game is a bit of an illusion as Stults likely won't top 7.0 K/9 this year, but he should provide a sub-4.00 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and a handful of W's the rest of the way.
Rick Porcello (6% Owned) - Here we go again. I'm taking another leap of faith on Rick Porcello. I did it last year. I did it after his impressive Spring Training, and I'm doing it again after watching his 8 IP, 11 K, 0 ER performance against Pittsburgh. Despite an ugly 5.29 ERA, Porcello still has a 4.0 K/BB ratio and a 3.15 xFIP. For a mid-season waiver claim, I think Porcello is worth the risk and is capable of being an SP3 for the remainder of the year if everything goes right.
Tyler Skaggs (5% Owned) - A bit of a deceptive recommendation as Skaggs was recently demoted after an excellent start against Texas this week, but in a competitive fantasy league, now is the time you need to make a move. Skaggs will definitely be up again this year and with enough time to make a meaningful impact in both roto and H2H leagues. Jump on him now while his value is depressed.
Chris Archer (6% Owned) - Opposite of Skaggs, Chris Archer has recently been promoted and will start for TB. He had a rough start this morning, but it was against a Cleveland offense that feasts on fastballs, so I would've expected Archer to struggle here. He faces only a slightly easier matchup next week against Baltimore, but Archer should be a solid source of strikeouts as the season goes on. The question will be if he can throw enough quality innings to stick in the rotation or if the AL East will chew him up and spit him back into the minors .
Jacob Turner (2% Owned) - Recently called up for Miami, Turner looked really good against the Mets on Friday night. I question whether he will stick when Nate Eovaldi comes back to the rotation, but once Turner solidifies his spot in the rotation, I would recommend him in all 12-team leagues or deeper.
Nick Tepesch (9% Owned) - Watching him pitch as I write this article, Nick Tepesch has been solid all season. I love his 55.2% groundball rate and with roughly 7 K's per 9 innings and a great offense backing him, Tepesch is a solid add in all formats. He should have a handful of starts remaining against the Seattle and Houston offenses so be sure to stream him as well in shallow formats.